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Week in Film: See the Stooges Have a Real Cool Time and Get Shrieked at a Spooky Film Streak


Gimme Danger
Friday October 28 through Thursday November 3 at IFC Center: $14.50

I’m hoping at least a few of you out there, like me, are cursed/blessed by a bizarro Pavlovian response to the words “No Fun”– whenever they’re uttered, even in passing, you immediately drop whatever or whoever you’re doing, wherever you may be, and start thrashing around like a seahorse at the tail end of his week-long soak in a Benzedrine bath.

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Queer Punk Duo PWR BTTM Is Here to Put Your Halloween Costume Together

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Done up in the kind of dresses you envy and makeup looks that take years of practice to achieve, Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins are everything punk has been craving, but they’ll be the first to tell you their success was an accident. The duo met while attending Bard College and went on to form Brooklyn phenomenon PWR BTTM, your new favorite queer punk band if they aren’t already.

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Our Guide to This Year’s Scary-Good Halloween Parties

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26

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Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint; 7pm; free

The web’s best animators set out to prove that everything is scarier when it’s looped for all eternity at this contest from the folks at GIPHY and Brooklyn’s Animation Block Party. The coolest entries are being screened and measured up by celebrity judges at the Brooklyn Bazaar’s new four-story space — here’s hoping for lots of animated homages to the dancing pumpkin man. Plus, on Saturday BK Bazaar is doing their “Brooklyn Fright Bazaar,” with musical tributes to The Cramps and The Bee Gees, games, karaoke (guess they found a manager), a Halloween drinking game contest (yikes), food and more.

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Watch Argento’s Suspiria in a New Venue Decked Out Like the Ballet Academy From Hell

With not one but two horror film festivals coming up, you’re going to have to make some serious viewing decisions. Make sure to factor this in: Dobbin St, a new event space in Greenpoint, is launching its public programming with a screening of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, and they’re going all-out to replicate the creeptastic vibe of the 1977 classic, right down to live music inspired by the spine-tingling soundtrack.

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Woof Woof! These Events Are For the Dogs

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

If you missed the Tompkins Square Halloween Costume Dog Parade, don’t get all hangdog. Celebrate the new Dining With Dogs law and parade your poodle at these upcoming events. 

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Our Handy Guide to Halloween Parties That Won’t Suck

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

THURSDAY, OCT. 29

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Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Williamsburg, 10pm
Here comes Pat! A lot of them, actually. Attendees are to dress as their favorite pat, whether it’s Pat Sajak or Patti Smith. The pat-sibilities are endless. Union Pool has the music down pat, as well: B+B favorite and DFA artist Lauren Flax of CREEP will be DJing with JD Samson of MEN and Le Tigre, Andy Pry of Tiki Disco, and Amber Valentine.

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Halloween Party: The Gateway’s Haunted Mansion

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

This brand new DIY venue close to the Gates Avenue stop is hosting a totally free Halloween show featuring DJs plus garage, dream pop, and surf rock bands for the taking. The lineup includes Low Mein, High Waisted, Mahogany, Young Runner, Wolf Diamond, and more. So far they’ve only opened the upstairs performance space, complete with a bar and an expansive back patio for the smoking types, but this party will see the debut of their downstairs space, which will soon be home to a slightly fancier bar with real drinks once they have their liquor license. And no, the picture you see above isn’t the place decked out for Halloween– The Gateway always looks like a lost set from Dario Argento’s Suspiria which probably means it’s gonna look ultra creepy for this party.

Read more about the venue here.

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Film: 5th Annual Spectacle Theater Shriek Show

Gore, witchcraft, and camp abound at Spectacle’s fifth annual horror marathon happening this weekend. It’s only $25 for 13+ hours of horror and it’s gonna be freaking great. Don’t get me wrong, Spectacle is one of the best theaters in town, but their seats leave a little something to be desired. (Hence the charm, though, people!) So I’m guessing they’re gonna be handing out chocolate medals to people who make it all the way through, or they’ll possibly just kick you out because that’s weird.

Click here to read more about the event and see what films made the cut (get it?!) this year.

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Book Signing: Adam Finchler’s ‘What’s Up Grim’

IMG_0922“’I love your chest hair, feed it to me for breakfast,’ exclaimed the girl, merely ten years old, sitting on a hay bale before the embodied image of Death itself. “EWWW, WTF? This is just one line from what has to be one of the most disturbing quote books of all time, What’s Up Grim: Haunted Hayriders In Their Own Words, assembled by the Grim Reaper himself and mortal collaborator Adam Finchler. The morbid exchanges all came out of a New Jersey haunted hayride, where Death meets their customers face to face, for a fee. “Thousands attend the hayride every Halloween season to be spooked, to feel alive, and to heckle and taunt the delegates of their own demise,” according to this Brokelyn post. Meet the author and get your own signed copy at Molasses Books, if you dare.
See our column Word Up for more of this week’s book signings and literary events. 

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This Halloween, Why Not Go as a Papier-Mâché Penis?

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James McGann’s handmade Halloween masks. Image: Anneke Rautenbach


Some say the height of fancy dress was when the most famous architects of the New York City skyline came to the annual Beaux-Arts ball dressed up as the buildings they created. Well, local artist James McGann (a.k.a. Maskbread) is giving it a run for its money with his handmade, papier-mâché Halloween masks. In fact, it’s exactly the meticulous attention to detail that went into the homemade Halloween costumes of yore that inspires him. “Everyone spent so much time crafting these beautiful costumes and going out. The whole feeling of that time was something that really spoke to me.”

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